Ivan Pastor: victory in Girona | Photo: Alfred Farre

Ivan Pastor has been crowned the 2014 Raceboard world champion, in Girona, Spain.

The windsurfing competition attracted 116 sailors from 16 countries. It was the largest Raceboard World Championship in recent years, and the overall performances stood at a very high level.

Ivan Pastor completely dominated the final races, but he knew he couldn't afford a slip-up, since he was carrying a DNF into his final results. But Maksymillian Wojcik won the penultimate race.

In the last battle, Pastor finished ahead of Wojcik and was declared champion as the winds made their way home. Nicolas Huguet secured a well-deserved third place and the overall Masters title.

In the Women's fleet, Ilona Grinberga, from Latvia, wrapped the 2014 Raceboard World Championship with two bullets and ended up on equal points with her team mate Vita Matise. However, she missed the golden trophy with her a DNC race coming into play. Joanna Sterling kept the bronze medal.

2014 Raceboard World Championship | Final Results

1. Ivan Pastor
2. Maksymillian Wojcik
3. Nicolas Huguet

1. Vita Matise
2. Ilona Grinberga
3. Joanna Sterling

Janis Preiss: Formula Windsurfing master | Photo: Neilpyde Baltic Cup

Janis Preiss has won the 2014 Formula Windsurfing European Cup, after a marathon of eleven events held in the Old Continent.

The 2014 European Cup series concluded in Loutsa Bay, near Athens, in Greece, where the Latvian master once again showed why he is the best Formula windsurfer in Europe.

"Aeolus," Ancient Greek God and ruler of the winds, decided to test all sailors to the limits of skill and endurance by delivering ten races in 20-30 knots.


Jibing: learn how to bear away in a windsurfer | Photo: PWA/Carter

Controlling a windsurf board and sail in high wind conditions can be extremely difficult. Bearing away is not a problem if you take an upwind line, in order to reduce speed and help sheeting the rig in.

Jibing/gybing has its secrets but in extraordinary high winds and choppy waters, details play a decisive role, and only the survival jibe technique will get you sailing away. Control, commitment and timing; that's all you need.

When the wind is blowing hard, and you're heading into the wind, you must start carving your windsurf board earlier before jibing. If you blast along and try to carve the board round from beam reach to beam reach, wind will beat you, and you'll lose control.